Fort Wayne Center for Learning Needs Community Support to Remain Open

By Megan Trent

September 15, 2010 Updated Sep 15, 2010 at 10:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A Fort Wayne non-profit organization that helps children struggling with learning disabilities is in jeopardy of closing their doors. Officials with the Fort Wayne Center for Learning say they need the community's help to remain open.

The Fort Wayne Center for Learning is the only facility of it's kind in Northeast Indiana. Children who attend the center have shown significant improvement in school, but more importantly, officials with center say their self confidence and love of learning skyrockets.

Lesley Barton's son Elijah attends FWCL. She says, "They were just so caring here, and I didn't feel like I was alone anymore. I felt very isolated having a child diagnosed with a learning disability. And they really explained it to where it didn't seem hard anymore."

Parents who can't afford their services are often helped with payments, but a struggling economy is causing a cash flow crisis for the center.

Instructors have been moved to part-time status, but with more students than ever needing assistance, officials with the center say shutting down cannot be an option.

Director of Operations, Diana Yngstrom-Bugge, says, “Every child is different, their right to learn is the same.”

Instruction Coordinator for FWCL, Jessica Patton, says, "I sit back and I think about all the students. It would be tough if I didn't have a job, but for all those students who don't have anywhere to go, for a lot of our parents we are the last stop on that line. And if this stop isn't here, where do they go?"

If you would like to donate or if your family would benefit from the Fort Wayne Center for Learning's services, please visit their website. http://fwcl.org/

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